Trey Thompkins used to be known as Howard Thompkins, Jr. and he is a bonafide athlete that Head Coach Bruce Weber is fighting strongly for. Howard Thompkins, Sr. likes what he's seen in the Illinois staff. "I think they're great. I love Coach Webster; he's a great man. He's good for Illinois and we like dealing with him. They have been professional about this entire process with us," said Howard.
Not only has Tracy Webster made an impression, but so has the Head Chief himself. "I really like Coach Weber. I think that offense they run is nice and it's a great fit. I just want to go to a college where I can learn the system right away and contribute as a freshman. I like competition; that's just how I am. With my AAU team, if I can I'll always try to guard the best player on the other team," Trey said.
According to Howard, Sr. his son has a list of schools that would make most college suitors nervous. "We hear a lot from Florida, Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina and UCLA. All of those schools are great schools, but Illinois is right up there in the mix with them. I like them."
Some feel it may be a long shot to land Thompkins, but as of right now Weber is punching the right ticket with this gem recruit.
Trey is a 2008 recruit from Mouth of Wilson (VA), where he transferred after his junior year. He stands 6-foot-10, weighs 225-pounds and ranks as the 6th best power forward and the nation's 14th best prospect. Trey is in line with a lot of the top players in the Class of 2008 that Weber and his staff are working on. Just last night Weber was in Salt Lake City, Utah watching former players Deron Williams and Dee Brown. I spoke with a number of recruits last night and they all know that Weber helped prepare Deron and Dee for the NBA - and they're having some pretty good success.